Dec 9, 2012 6:00am PST
're not raising them. that's current law. i think what the speaker has supported -- and you should look at the proposal he put out. the most interesting thing to me was every single one of our major leaguers signed it, paul ryan, who has a role because of his vice presidential nomination -- >> $800 billion worth of revenue. >> yes, a speaker is very strong, got us through a tough election, maintained our majority. i think this is a speaker at the peak of his power. the president will have to deal with him, and it's not just about this period of time, it's about the next four years. the president will be president for four years, john boehner is like i to be speaker for four years. so this is the first part of a relationship that will stretch for years. they need each other to succeed. >> does the speaker have enough votes inside his caucus to agree to some kind of tax rate hike in the upper echelons of society? the high wage earners? does he have those votes that he can put together with whatever nancy pelosi can stir up and pass it? >> i'm not sure there is support for the rate hikes.
Dec 9, 2012 9:00am PST
rates are going up initiate. we're not, quote, raising them. that's current law. i think what the speaker has support, an you should look at the proproposal that he put out. every sungal one of our major leaders signed it. all the major committee chairman, including paul ryan, who obviously has an outside role. >> $800 billion worth of rev mew. >> this is a speak that's very strong, this is a speaker that got us through a tough election and retained our majority. i actually think this is a speaker at the prime of his power. it's not just about this period of time, it's about the next four years. the president is going to be president for the next four years, john boehner is likely to be president f-- speaker for for years. but the president needs john boehner more than john boehner needs the president. >> does the speaker have enough votes inside his caucus to agree to some kind of tax rate hike in the upper echelons of society, does he have enough votes that he can put together with whatever nancy pelosi can stir up and pass it? >> i'm not sure there's support for rate hike,
Dec 2, 2012 9:00am PST
-out of it. >> guaranteed up front measurable savings scored by sea enacted into law. the only guarantee is when congress enacts policies. >> you would be willing to go for specific things and guarantee that there would be a specific amount of cuts? >> of course, of course. >> but that's next year? >> no, that's not true. we're prepared to do up front alongside a deal that includes raising rates. we are prepared to do a meaningful amount of savings on the spending side. not just to avoid the damage of the sequester, but to help reduce the long-term deficits. >> you want them -- you want them to come forward for the cuts. >> in general we've laid out a detailed plan. we would be happy to look at an alternative plan, but they have to lay that out for us. both on the revenue and rates side. also on the spending side. that's just a reasonable way. we can't sit here and try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us what works for them. let's go to what's at stake in this context. this is something we can do. i think we're going to get there. there's too much at stake not to get